Memorial run held for Terry Sikes

Community honors life, legacy of hit-and-run victim

By Ashley Harding - Reporter , Chris Robbins - Producer

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - It's been one year since a popular runner, husband and musician was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

On Saturday, the community honored the life and legacy of Terry Sikes.

Sikes was on the Westside while riding his bike. Police said the men who hit him had been involved in a crime spree and fled the scene. They've been charged with murder and are set to go on trial.

The memorial run Saturday was about doing good things for other people, in memory of a good person. Money earned will go toward sending underprivileged kids to a running camp.

Sikes had experienced his own tragedy when his first wife was killed in a car accident more than ten years ago. But the run was also about rising above, and his second wife -- his widow -- is dedicated to making sure his legacy lives on.

"Overwhelming. Overwhelming. The running community is just an awesome community in Jacksonville. This is just a fraction of what you see," said Bonita Golden-Sikes. "It didn't matter if you were competing against him or just running with him on a training run or just hanging out with him after the run. He holds a place in the hearts of people and that's fantastic."

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The trial for one of the men charged in Sikes' death is set to begin next month.

As of right now, Sikes' widow said three kids are confirmed to go to the running camp. They hope to have many more very soon.

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